Anybody growing Bixa orellana, aka Lipstick tree?

newgen(9 Central California)May 9, 2012

I started these from seeds several months ago, overwintering the seedlings indoor. Do they like direct or partial sun? In my house, they seem to like very moist soil, now I'm in the process of taking them outside. Thanks,

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bronxfigs

Years ago, when I went on a vacation, and visited Nassau, these trees were growing all over the grounds of the Hotel where I stayed.

I would imagine they love full sun, and warm, tropical/sub-tropical temps. year round. I doubt Nassau ever gets your cooler temps...If I were growing this plant, I would not let the temps fall below 55 in winter. Not until I found out exactly what culture they need.

Frank

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 7:32PM
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stefpix(6b NY [Brooklyn NY])

Where did you find the seeds? It is Annatto or Achiote used in Mexican food.

http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Bixa_ore.html

I am interested in growing it too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bixa orelliana

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 12:22AM
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Loxamichael

I got my seeds from Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. They were on the ground under the tree.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 1:12PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

stefpix: I bought seeds from wwww.tradewindsfruit.com
Here are couple photos of these plants. Apparently, I didn't put them under ideal growing condition, they are larger, but not as much as I expected.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 6:27PM
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john_dr(SEQLD AUST)

I've seen one in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney NSW growing in the open which is 34 deg S which equates to LA.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 8:00AM
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newgen(9 Central California)

john,
How big was the one you saw?

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 1:20AM
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